Paul Heaton’s Football Memorabilia Collection
Paul Heaton’s Football Memorabilia Collection is a large private collection owned by the British musician. Paul Heaton
Paul David Heaton (1962-present) is a British musician, most well-known as lead singer and songwriter in the Housemartins and the Beautiful South.
Heaton is known for the “jagged satirical content of his lyrics”.
He formed the Housemartins in 1983. The band, consisting of Heaton, Stan Cullimore, Ted Key and Norman Cook, released two studio albums.
After the breakup of the Housemartins, Heaton formed the Beautiful South with Dave Hemingway. The band had a revolving line-up during its 19 year career, releasing 10 studio albums.
Heaton is a prominent fan of Sheffield United FC.
According to the Four Four Two website, the collection consists of replica football shirts, stickers, scarves, match-day programmes and badges. It has variously been reported that Heaton keeps the collection in a “football room” and in his basement.
Heaton’s most unusual item is the shirt of Italian club Fiorentina with swastikas on it. Heaton also has a collection of FA Cup programmes dating from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
In 2008, the Galway Advertiser reported, “such is the size of his collection that Paul has run out of space to story everything.”
Heaton commented, “I’ve just moved to a smaller house so I’ve no room to keep them all,” adding that he “might donate all I can’t bring to the football museum in Preston. I might only be able to keep the badges.”
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